Arrange and check your vaccinations

We want you to be healthy and happy while at University. Please take these simple steps to help protect your health.

Register with a doctor

All students living in Lancaster should register with a doctor; if you live in Lancaster you can register with the Lancaster Medical Practice and you can do this very easily online.

Arrange your COVID-19 vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccination is available to people in the UK for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. It is being offered at local sites run by GPs or pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. We strongly encourage all members of our community to get vaccinated.

Find out more about arranging a COVID-19 vaccination in the UK.

If you are arriving from overseas, UK NHS healthcare professionals will be able to advise you about which vaccinations you should have. If you have already had one or more COVID-19 vaccinations, you should ask whether any further vaccination is advised.

Check your other vaccinations

The NHS advises that if you're starting college or university you should make sure you've already had:

  • The MenACWY vaccine. It protects against serious infections such as meningitis. You can ask a GP for this vaccine until your 25th birthday, if you missed having it at school or before coming to the UK to study.
  • Two doses of the MMR vaccine. It protects against measles, mumps and rubella. If you have not previously had two doses of the MMR vaccine, you can ask a GP for the vaccine.

Healthcare surcharge

If you are an international student, you may be required to pay a health care surcharge which enables you to use the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Information about this and how to make a payment can be found on the UK government website. You can also visit our visa and immigration pages.

Learn about health, safety and our services

You can find more information about the health services on campus by visiting our Health Services page. You can also take a course designed to give you all the information you need to stay happy, healthy and safe while studying with us here at Lancaster. Access the Health and Safety at Lancaster course after you have registered and received your University account.